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1998 Stories by Jeff Stark

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  • Riff Raff

    published November 4, 1998

    Suckers Normally we don't fall for cheap publicity stunts. But every once in a while some band -- well, it's usually the Gun & Doll Show --... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 28, 1998

    Scream III Just in time for the season of ghouls, Chris Cobb and fellow San Francisco Art Institute student Paul Quinones offer up "All the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 21, 1998

    The Many Faces of essence Dear Riff Raff Readers: We recently realized that, for the first time ever, we had been holding out on you, hoarding... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 14, 1998

    A Jazzman's Life Bay Area composer and tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman died of cancer in his home Thursday morning, Oct. 8. He was 51. A colossal... More >>

  • SF Weekly's Wammies '98

    published October 14, 1998

    Americana/Roots Wilson Gil& the Willful Sinners Wilson Gil brushes off old memories like any good yarn-spinning country singer. But the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published October 7, 1998

    Give Me Royalties or Give Me Death Inc. Three of the four former members of the Dead Kennedys, the long-defunct San Francisco political punk band,... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 30, 1998

    Confidential to the Lastnameless and Lowercased essence We're hurt. You know that Riff Raff cares about you and your ongoing romps through the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 23, 1998

    Ethical Instigation Regular readers know that every once in a while, Riff Raff likes to lean back in our chairs and ponder ethical questions both... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 16, 1998

    Under and Over On April 11, Police and Fire Department officials raided and shut down San Francisco's most important underground music spot. In... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 9, 1998

    A Fair Excuse If they stay in the business long enough, every promoter faces a disaster of a show. But promoters don't usually face catastrophes... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published September 2, 1998

    Who Do You Think We Are, 1998 They were there, 2,000 strong, to witness a sold-out Deep Purple and Emerson Lake & Palmer concert. Middle-aged... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 26, 1998

    Absence of Alice Corey Mason has been easy to spot among the suit-and-tie lunchtime crowd striding around the Embarcadero. Wearing a large summer... More >>

  • Sad

    published August 26, 1998

    Elliott Smith XO (DreamWorks) A few months ago now, Elliott Smith played an extremely sold-out show at Bottom of the Hill. He'd... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 19, 1998

    Musik Thesis: Germany is kinder to S.F. music than even San Francisco is. Exhibit 838: Superstar. The German zine's ninth issue, which recently... More >>

  • Something About Jonathan

    published August 12, 1998

    Relentless teen-ager Jonathan Richman looks old. At 47, he's still got the thin hips and short, curly hair he had as an impish rocker in the early... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 12, 1998

    Strange Developments Nobody was more excited than Miami's DJ Infamous when the winners of the International Turntablists Federation were announced... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published August 5, 1998

    Synchronized Pickaxes For 30 years the resilient songs of the Grateful Dead have repelled the assaults of hundreds of copycat jam bands, the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 29, 1998

    Booster Roosters A hole was left in San Francisco's summer music schedule last year when Queenie Taylor, Bonnie Simmons, and SF Weekly Publisher... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 22, 1998

    Downsized On Wednesday morning, July 15, Annie O'Toole, longtime talent buyer at the Great American Music Hall, was informed by the five partners... More >>

  • When Rock 'n' Roll Forgets

    published July 22, 1998

    Richie Unterberger gave himself one of the best jobs in rock journalism. A few years back, the San Francisco author and former editor of Option... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 15, 1998

    The Latest From SOMA: Of Course! The Irish! Legislation before the S.F. supervisors could end the battle over the future of SOMA's 11th Street... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 15, 1998

    The Push Kings On Far Places, the second full-length from the Boston-based Push Kings, the band uses age-old tricks -- perky beats,... More >>

  • The One ... the Only ... Circus Redickuless

    published July 8, 1998

    Going There "There are only two kinds of people in the world," said Chicken John. "People who are in the circus, and rubes." Chicken, the... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 8, 1998

    Scenes From the Fleadh Intrepid Riff Raff correspondent Heather Wisner brought along her camera to the Guinness Fleadh Festival at San Jose... More >>

  • Riff Raff

    published July 1, 1998

    Don't Miss the Boat The people behind the Future Primitive Soundsessions DJ parties have plenty to celebrate. Their newly formed record label's... More >>

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